• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon J1 advantages over Olympus E-P5

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $949
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More telephoto lens reach
    81 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Lighter weight
    396g vs 545g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle kit lens
    27 mm vs 34 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    57.9 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus E-P5 advantages over Nikon J1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    895 vs 372 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.4 vs 11.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 330 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/320 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very small body, with solid feel; Fast AF; No-nonsense interface. Excellent video capture, Good picture quality.

  • Body could be smaller for sensor size; High ISO isn't as good as other compact system cameras; Battery life below average; Weak flash; Confusing controls.

  • Handsome retro styling; Very good image quality and dynamic range, with competitive high ISO performance; Lightning fast autofocusing; Excellent burst speeds (nearly 10fps at full res); Top shutter speed of 1/8000 second; Sharp, bright 17mm f/1.8 kit lens; 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots of resolution.

  • Heavier than some mirrorless models; Weak flash; Below average battery life; No built-in viewfinder (but EVF available in a kit or for separate purchase); A bit pricey compared to the similar E-M5, which offers a built-in EVF and weather sealing at about the same price.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon J2

Nikon J1
Nikon J2
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • More dots on screen
Olympus E-P5
Nikon J2
  • $439
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon J1
Nikon J3
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
Olympus E-P5
Nikon J3
  • $439
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon S1

Nikon J1
Nikon S1
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-P5
Nikon S1
  • $439
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Nikon J1
Panasonic GF6
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Less shutter lag
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-P5
Panasonic GF6
  • $439
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Nikon J1
Olympus E-PL7
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-P5
Olympus E-PL7
  • $439
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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